Daisuke Matsuzaka will begin an offseason conditioning program at Athletes' Performance on Tuesday. The right-hander, who butted heads with the Red Sox when he landed on the disabled list this year due to shoulder fatigue, was described by manager Terry Francona as being in excellent shape, and appears to have embraced a more rigorous workout and conditioning program than he had been inclined to follow in previous offseasons since coming to Major League Baseball for the 2007 season.
"His weight is actually lower than it was when the season was over," Francona said. "We've been through so much. He knows how we feel. We know how he feels. We just really want him to be good.
"Maybe what happened -- at the time, it wasn't a lot of fun. Sometimes, when things happen, how you move forward is really important. We kind of put the gloves down and told him how we felt. He told us. I think it was really...
Agent Alan Nero, whose agency represents Victor Martinez, suggested that the ball is in the Red Sox' court regarding a potential extension for the catcher. Nero made clear that while the 30-year-old thoroughly enjoyed his first stint in Boston, he also learned that he can adapt to a new city and culture and so he is not reluctant about the prospect of free agency if he and the Sox cannot reach an agreement that would keep him in Boston beyond 2010.
“It’s going to be entirely on the Red Sox," Nero said. “As much as he would love to remain with the Red Sox, the concept of having to go through this again is now more palatable [after experiencing a successful change of teams]. We’ll have to see.”
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FOXBORO -- Before his weekly appearance on The Big Show today at 5 p.m., Bill Belichick addressed the media on Monday at Gillette Stadium and said the fact that his team has dropped 3-of-4 doesn't affect the way he and his coaching staff will prepare for this Sunday's home game against Carolina. "Right now, we're 7-5 and have a couple of teams behind us at 6-6," Belichick said of the Dolphins and Jets in the AFC East. "I don't think it really matters how anybody got there. Whether we won seven and lost five, won five and lost five, and then won [two] or come up somewhere in between. I don't think it really matters. That's where we are. It's a four-game season, and it's a one-game season with Carolina. We'll turn our attention to them and put everything we have into this one and then worry about next week, next week." The 7-5 Pats host the 5-7 Panthers Sunday at Gillette. For complete coverage from today in Foxboro,...
After taking a commanding 7-2 victory over Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday, the Bruins got back to work this morning. Defenseman Dennis Wideman and Derek Morris were both given “maintenance” days and did not skate. Wideman left Saturday’s game with an “upper body” injury and his status for Thursday remains unclear. “There’s no update, we don’t play again until Thursday, if you were going to ask me — is he in — I think so,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday after practice in Wilmington. “I can’t say he is in for sure.”
Recently fired Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis apologized to USC coach Pete Carroll after implications of marital infidelity that Weis said were taken out of context in a recent interview. On IrishIllustrated.com Saturday, Weis was quoted as implying that Carroll lives with a woman that is not his wife, yet the media never mentions it. Carroll told the Los Angeles Times that Weis' comments were "untrue" and "irresponsible." Weis later claimed his comments were meant to be general statements about false Internet rumors and their impact on coaches' lives. Weis called Carroll to apologize Sunday, saying his words were represented incorrectly.
Meanwhile, according to an ESPN report, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Clausen has called a news conference for 2 p.m....
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.
We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.
We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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